Have you ever gone through times in your spiritual journey when you felt like you were in ‘a dry place’? Has your soul been thirsty for the refreshing presence of the Lord, yet you felt He was far away? I’ve been there and perhaps you have been also.
I was working on a sermon whose setting was the Wilderness of Beersheba. It was a desolate, arid wasteland about 50 miles south of Jerusalem. It is part of the foreboding Negev Desert. It has been described as a rocky desert that is a mélange of brown, rocky, dusty mountains interrupted by wadis (dry riverbeds) and deep craters. The Wilderness of Beersheba was certainly a dry place.
Yet, Beersheba was a place where several notable people came into contact with God. Hagar (Genesis 21:17) was first. Isaac (Genesis 26:24) and Jacob (Genesis 46:2) both heard from God in dreams they had in Beersheba. Elijah (1 Kings 19:5) was in the wilderness of Beersheba when God spoke to him. God used this barren, dry place to shape some of the most significant lives in the Bible.
Could it be that it sometimes takes extreme circumstances to get our attention? Maybe we do not really long for the Water of Life until we are in a dry place. If we think we have no need of Jesus, He will not force entry into our lives to help. “Jesus answered and said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick” (Luke 5:31, NKJV). The beautiful words of Lucy Rider Meyer’s hymn, Come, Every One Who Is Thirsty, speak to my heart:
Come every one who is thirsty in spirit;
Come, every one who is weary and sad.
Come to the fountain, there’s fullness in Jesus –
All that you’re longing for; Come and be glad!
Child of the world, are you tired of your bondage?
Weary of earth-joys, so false, so untrue?
Thirsting for God and His fullness of blessing?
List to the promise, a message for you:
“I will pour water on him that is thirsty;
I will pour floods upon the dry ground.
Open your heart for the gifts I am bringing;
While ye are seeking Me I will be found.”
Prayer: Let us pray with David, “O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water” (Psalm 63:1).
~ Brother Roy